New criminal justice data initiative improves transparency at local level

In Collier County, Florida, from 2009 to 2013, 6.4 percent of people charged with misdemeanors faced resisting arrest as their only charge — almost double the rate for the rest of the state.

In Mitchell County, North Carolina, less than one-half of 1 percent of felony cases were resolved in trial over the same period, with only two out of 531 defendants deciding not to take a plea deal. The statewide rate is 1.9 percent, the lowest among the six states with available data…

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